MCRIT co-creation framework developed in the ESPON programme, 2017

Client: European Commission, ESPON 2020 Programme

Partners: Spatial Foresight GmbH (Leader), Spiekermann & Wegener, ISINNOVA, Basque Center BC3, Centre urban & territorial development, Institu Rozwoju, TU Delft, ÖIR

MCRIT co-creation framework was developed in the ESPON Program (2017). It involves the collaboration among a suite of stakeholders, including policy-makers, managers, planners, and citizens to understand the problems, explore future alternatives, create visions by consensus and develop robust strategies in ways that are feasible. To enable this interaction and facilitate knowledge production we propose a stepwise framework.

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Participation activities within the framework of the Strategic Plan for Economic and Local Development of Vallès Oriental

In order to know the opinions of local and economic agents in a participatory way, thematic and transversal working groups are carried out to tackle the different strategic objectives addressed and the strategic lines to follow at the regional level, both in the field of employment, economic development and local business support.

The Working Groups follow the methodology of a participatory process based on co-creation between agents groups and actors of the territory to understand the problems, explore future alternatives, create visions of consensus and develop strategies that are feasible in the long run.

The dynamics of the different sessions are divided into three activities. First is the characterization of strategies based on existing initiatives or proposals. Next, the assessment of the strategic nature and viability of the strategic lines under discussion, and third, a participatory process to imagine and foresee the future, is open to all participants

A co-creation workshop: Students from Basseroles Primary School imagine how to improve their town!

Projects such as the “City of Children”  show how co-production of knowledge workshops involving children can lead to the acquisition of a fresh sensitivity and competence by city/town administrators and technicians.

In April 15th-18th we conducted two participatory workshops in Basseroles Elementary School. The objective of the workshops was to provide the opportunity for Sant Miquel de Balenya children to implement their ideas for improving their community. Through an experience of collective participation, primary school children developed real projects ideas to improve their home town, understanding and resolving situations that affect them. The whole process made them realize how their own ideas could improve the reality around them.

This activity was promoted by Ersilia Foundation ( with the aim of testing innovative teaching methods. The activity had the support and supervision of Basseroles school teachers, and the enthusiastic participation of 55 children. The group was composed by teachers and students from 3rd to 6th grade, around 55 people participated.